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Monday, April 29, 2013 8:10:23 PM
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Dairy goat demography and Q fever infection dynamics
       

Lenny Hogerwerf, Aurélie Courcoul, Don Klinkenberg, François Beaudeau, Elisabeta Vergu and Mirjam Nielen

      
         
Between 2007 and 2009, the largest human Q fever epidemic ever described occurred in the Netherlands. The source was traced back to dairy goat farms, where abortion storms had been observed since 2005. Since one putative cause of these abortion storms is the intensive husbandry systems in which the goats are kept, the objective of thisstudy was to assess whether these could be explained by herd size, reproductive pattern and other demographic aspects of Dutch dairy goat herds alone.
      
                                

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Article made possible through the contribution of Lenny Hogerwerf et. Al. and Biomed Central.

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